Dr. Ebenezer Jeremiah Durosimi Belford

Senior Lecturer

Dept: Theoretical and Applied Biology
Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology
Faculty of Biosciences
College of Science

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Research Areas/Interests

Phytoremediation and bioremediation; soil-plant-microbes’ interactions in remediation of contaminated soils. Plant Stress Physiology; ecological...~more

Research Projects (Current and Past)

PhD Thesis

Ecological Studies on lianas across different forest zones in Ghana and their relationship with Climatic and Edaphic gradients. OFOSU-BAMFO, Bismark (In progress).

Plant Species Diversity and Distribution in the Ankasa Conservation Area, Ghana: Effects of Environmental Gradients. OWUSU, George (In progress).

Enhancing Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Mined Sites in Ghana: Effects and Fate of Chemical Amendments. AKOTO, Ruth (In progress).

Rhizosphere microbiome of arsenic hyperaccumulators: Implications for bio-phytoremediation. DOKU, Tetteh Emmanuel (In progress).

Phytoremediation of heavy metals contaminated soil using Digitaria gayana and Digitaria horizontalis. AMOAH, Benedicta (In progress).

The potential of Senna species as bioindicator of heavy metal deposits in three regions of Ghana. MENSAH, Napoleon Jackson (In progress).

Characterization of Parents of Sorghum Mapping Populations Exposed to Water-Deficit Stress. ENNINFUL, Regina (Completed 2020).

Crude oil contaminated water remediation via biofiltration using a locally modelled fixed-bed bioreactor system. ANTWI-AKOMEAH, Samuel (Completed 2019). 

Biomonitoring of Vehicular Pollution using Roadside Tree Species in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. UKA, Ufere Nwankwo (Completed 2017).

Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soil: An Evaluation Using Bioaugmentation, Mycoremediation, Phytoremediation and Natural Attenuation. CHIJIOKE-OSUJI, Chinenye C. (Completed 2017).

MPhil Thesis

Growth performance of Pterocarpus erinaceus (African rosewood) seeds and seedlings on a light response gradient. ANSAH, Padmore Boateng (In progress).

Monitoring of pesticide residues in leafy vegetables and related health risk assessment in Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. APPAU, Elizabeth (In progress).

Phytochemical composition and levels of heavy metals in medicinal plants used by Traditional Medicine Practitioners for the treatment of infertility in Kumasi. ANABA, Linda (In progress).

Effect of shade on epiphytes, flowering, fruiting and chlorophyll content of Theobroma cacao L. in Sefwi Wiawso Municipality, Western-North Region, Ghana. OSIMPO, Isaac (In progress).

Heavy metals and cyanide in mine tailings and tolerance potential of fungi species isolated from the tailings as a bioremediation tool. SEY, Emmanuel (Completed 2019).

Assessment of heavy metals levels and microbial quality of ready to eat pepper sauce in Asokore-mampong municipality of Ashanti region, Ghana. ADWUBI, Rita (Completed 2018).

Effects of forest edge on liana communities in wet evergreen and moist semi-deciduous forest ecosystems in Ghana. OFOSU-BAMFO, Bismark (Completed 2017).

The potential of indigenous fungi in bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the Chemu Lagoon, Ghana. DOKU, Tetteh Emmanuel (Completed 2015).

Phytoremediation potential of Euphorbia heterophylla and Cynodon dactylon in heavy metal contaminated soils. BIPUAH, Hanif (Completed 2014).

Assessment of floral composition, structure and natural regeneration of the Tano Offin, Globally Significant Biodiversity Area. ENNINFUL, Regina (Completed 2013).

MSc Thesis

Assessment of heavy metal contamination in Waste Dumps of Golden Star Wassa Limited: Implications for Phytoremediation. SAM, Francis (In progress).

Efficiency of three selected Plastic Waste Recycling Companies in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. KPEDEKPO, Daniella Enam (In progress).

Distribution of heavy metals in produced water on marine environment from Offshore Jubilee Oil Field, Takoradi, Ghana. FREMPONG, Kwasi (In progress).                   

Evaluation of pollution indices in gold mining communities of Twifu Ati-mokwaa District, Central Region, Ghana. BONAH, Dominic Akwasi (Completed 2020).

Evaluation of farmers’ compliance to cocoa certification standards of farms in the Tepa Cocoa District, Ashanti Region. BOATENG, Osei (Completed 2020).

Diversity, composition and conservation status of plants at the Songor Ramsar Site, Ada Ghana. BLANKSON, Baffo (Completed 2020).

Assessment of heavy metal contamination in Boete Ex-tailings Storage Facility at AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi: implications for phytoremediation. AHETO, Francis Cudjoe (Completed 2020).

Levels of heavy metals in selected vegetables and contamination status of a gold mining community in Ghana. KUSI-APPAU, Benjamin (Completed 2019).

Emissions of greenhouse gases from the Kpone landfill site in the greater Accra region of Ghana. ABDULLAI, Sitobu Yusif (Completed 2018).

Farmers’ perception of climate variability and adaptations in the Ejisu-Juaben municipality in the Ashanti region of Ghana. AKRASI, Juliet Fosuah (Completed 2018).

Environmental compliance of fuel service stations in the new Juaben Municipality of Koforidua, Ghana. OTENG, Antwi Jonathan (Completed 2018).

Levels of heavy metals in Capsicum annuum and Abelmoschus esculentus cultivated in four farming communities in Asutifi North District, Ghana. AMPOFO, Nana Agyeiwaa (Completed 2017).

Taxonomy and diversity of vegetables used in the preparation of Ghanaian foods. MANU, Yvonne (Completed 2017).

Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil using Thelypteris accuminata (Houtt.) C.V. Morton and Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott. OWUSU-DENTAAH, Evelyn (Completed 2016).

The potential of indigenous plants for use in phytoremediation of tailings dam at Chirano Gold Mine, Ghana. NKANSAH, Francis Kwaku (Completed 2016).

Rate of timber production in Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai District in the Western Region over a period of eleven years (2002-2012) and its implication on sustainable forest management. NSOH, Ade Gabrill Agana (Completed 2015).

Phytoremediation Of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soil Using Leucaena leucocephala. A Case Study at Anglogold Ashanti. BOATENG, Yaw (Completed 2014).

Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil using Senna hirsuta (L.), Panicum maximum (Jacq.) and Helianthus annuus (L.). BEREFO, Eric (Completed 2014).

The impact of illegal farming on biodiversity of Sui River Forest Reserve in Sefwi Wiawso Forest District, Ghana. YEBOAH, Emmanuel (Completed 2013).

Inventory and ethnobotanical studies on plants of medicinal value in the Asantemanso Sacred Grove, Ashanti Region of Ghana. EWUDZIE, Esther Ekua (Completed 2013).

Levels of heavy metals in Capsicum annuum and Lycopersicon esculentum cultivated in two farming communities in Obuasi. BEDIAKO, Afia Yeboah (Completed 2012).

Carbon stock in plantations of indigenous tree species in the wet evergreen vegetation of Ghana. BANIAKO, Kwadwo Nti (Completed 2012).

Carbon sequestration and the effect of different densities of mixture stands on Hypsipyla robusta attacks and growth of African mahogany. NYARKO-DUAH, Nana Yaa (Completed 2012).

Growth performance of a young teak (Tectona grandis (Linn. F)) stand under different site preparation methods and planting stocks. SEKYERE, Kwame Frimpong (Completed 2011).

Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil using Chromolaena odorata and Lantana camara. AZIZ, Fati (Completed 2011).


Pore choices: Distribution, density and structural types of stomata on angiosperms at KNUST campus. KUMI, Samuel Arthur and QUACHEY, Nana Adwoa Addobea (2020).

Distribution and structure of tissues in stems of selected angiosperms on KNUST Cmpus. KWAKYE, Philip and MOHAMMED, Salamatu (2020).

Carposphere microbial communities in selected fruit vegetables sold in Kumasi, Ghana. BOBIE, Jeremiah Owusu Kwame, CHARLES, Aidoo Boadi and KOJO, Richard Edem Batanam (2020).

The use of traditional medicinal plants in the treatment of malaria in Kumasi, Ghana. ADDISON, Ewurakua Ursula, ASARE, David and EFFAH-NYARKO, Edward Jnr (2020).

The use of traditional medicinal plants in paediatric healthcare in Kumasi, Ghana. AFUA MENSAH, Aninwaa, DONKOR, Mercy Adwoa and HOFFMAN, Ernest Nii Dodu (2020).

Phytochemical composition of medicinal plants used for sexual enhancement in Kumasi. SARPONG, Rhoda, ESHUN, Erica Efua and AGYIRI, A. Berlinda (2020).

Phytochemical composition of traditional medicinal products used in the treatment of infertility in Kumasi, Ghana. SARPONG, Sharon Ama, INKOOM, Loretta and OFOSUHENE, Georgette Biney (2020).

Levels of mercury in crops grown around small-scale gold mining sites in the upper Denkyira West District of the central region in Ghana. ADDEI, Akwasi Minnah, OPOKU, Priscilla and ARKORFUL, Sandra-Candys (2020).

Evaluation of the effectiveness of environmental legislations in Ghana: a case study of its strengths and weaknesses in the Kumasi Metropolis. KPORHA, Vannesah Kafui and KPETSE, David Joy (2020).

Carposphere microbial communities in selected fruit vegetables sold in Kumasi, Ghana. Assessment of waste management practice in preschools and kindergartens in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. QUAYSEL, Georgina Kwartemaa and GYASI, Felicia (2020).

Evaluation of copper, iron and lead levels in pipe borne water in Halls of Residence, some Departments on KNUST Campus and some selected hostels off campus. BOABENG, Bernice and FORDJOUR, Samuel (2020).

Utilization of wood ash for the generation of electrical energy. NEEQUAYE, Nathaniel and BLESSING, Nartey Ama (2020).

Phytochemical composition of medicinal products, prepared by traditional medicine practitioners in the treatment of liver and kidney diseases in Kumasi. OWARE, Edward and ANSAH-ADJEI, Joycelyn (2019).

Seed germination and phytoremediation potential of three indigenous plant species on mined tailings. MENSAH, Jonah Buah and BADU, Bright (2019).

Microbial communities in selected powdered spices sold in Central and Ayigya markets in Kumasi. AGYEKUM, Samuel and BAIDOO, Priscilla (2019).

Microbial community of gold mine tailings and identification of cadmium and cyanide tolerance strains. NANGKU, Emmanuel and BOACHIE, Emmanuel A. Glover (2019).

Phytochemical composition of traditional medicine products used in the treatment of typhoid in Kumasi, Ghana. ANTWI BOASIAKO, Martin and BANSAH, Eyram Yawa (2019).

Antiparasitic properties of Calliandra portoricensis. MENSAH, Edna Serwaa and ABAIDOO-MYLES, Araba (2019).

Efficiency of plant-based filtration system in the remediation of contaminated water from a mining community. PREKO, Louisa Agyekumwaa and ADDO, Edmund Nii Addoquaye (2019).

Timber species harvested and processed by timber companies in Ghana. BAMFO, Korba Edwin and OTCHERE, Nana Boamah Bernice (2019).

Levels of heavy metals and organophosphate pesticides in soils and vegetables cultivated by small scale farmers at Akrowin in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal area, Ashanti Region, Ghana. ATTEH, Collins and ONOJA, Innocent (2018).

Seed germination and phytoremediation potential of four indigenous plants in cyanide and heavy metal contaminated soils. WELBECK, Joshua Nii Tackie and CUDJOE, Julian (2018).

Phytochemical composition of medicinal products, prepared by traditional medicine practitioners in the treatment of diabetes and sickle cell disease in Edo State, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana ADETONWA, Kolawole and SHAMSUDEEN, Shamsudeen (2018).

Effects of soil moisture stress on vegetative stage of four sorghum genotypes. ARMOH, Stephen Yaw and OWUSU, Adoma Regina (2018).

Medicinal plants used by traditional medicine practitioners in the treatment of sickle cell disease in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. NYAMEKYE, Samuel and KYEI, Vivian (2017).

Medicinal plants used by traditional medicine practitioners in the treatment of diabetes in the Kumasi Metropolis. AFFUL, Ekua Agyimaa; OPOKU, Abena Bruwaa and SARPONG, Evelyn Ama (2017).

Effect of soil moisture stress on growth of three varieties of tomatoes in Ghana. KORANKYE ASIAMAH, Nana Kwabena and KYEI-TUFFUOR, Louis (2017).

Microbial communities in the phylloplane and carposphere of tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) grown in Akomadan, Ashanti Region, Ghana. AGYEKUM, Abigail Gyameraa and SAFO, Rebecca (2017).

Levels of heavy metals in Xanthosoma sagittifolium (L.) Schott cultivated in the Amansie West District, Ashanti Region, Ghana. KYEI, Samuel and TEIWAYO, Naomi (2017).

Seed germination and phytoremediation potential of five indigenous plants in heavy metal contaminated soils. AMPONSAH-AGYEKUM, Abena and OSAE, Adu Kwame (2017).

Studies on antivenom activities of Rauvolfia vomitoria extract against Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) venom using in vivo method. AKUETTEH, Yvette Bridgette and NARH, Emefa (2016).

Levels of heavy metals in Manihot esculenta in the Obuasi Municipality, Ashanti Region, Ghana. ADU-GYAMFI, Emmanuel, ODOOM, Kingsley and UMOFFIA, Richard (2016).

Screening for larvicidal activity of Senna alata and Senna occidentalis on Culex larvae. ANKAMAH, Samuel Akwasi, ARHINFUL, Christian and MENSAH, Judith Atta Asuako (2016).

Levels of heavy metals in medicinal products prepared by Traditional Medicinal Practitioners in the Kumasi Metropolis. THARKOR, Stephanie Baaba and KODOM, Victoria (2016).

Microbial and physico-chemical quality of medicinal products prepared by Traditional Medicine Practitioners in the Kumasi Metropolis. MAMIYA, Nicholas and EZEH, Pedro Chukwunonso (2016).

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